Having been out of the loop for quite some time, the first movie I decided to go and see upon my return to the “civilized” world was the Hunger Games. Somehow during my travels, I was able to acquire and read a copy of the book by Suzanne Collins. The book was very well done and I didn’t even know there was a movie until I was on my way back from my travels and someone else mentioned it. So of course, I looked it up and decided to go see it. I wasn’t quite sure how they would make the movie, considering the book was very introspective from the point of view of Katniss, the main character.
I walked the mile down to the town center and found that the first showing of the day wasn’t sold out, so I went into the theater and found myself a nice seat near the middle. I noticed as I sat down an abundance of teenagers in the audience. I guess that’s what I get for going to the first showing on a Saturday. There was a particularly potent group sitting almost directly behind me and they chatted through all the good previews, like the Avengers, which I also hope to see when it comes out. The best part, though, was when the preview for the next Twilight movie started. The preview itself didn’t even show anything, but the teenage chicks behind me were like, “omigod, omigod, omigod!” in that really annoying, yet very loud high pitch squealing that only young teenage females can seem to make. I thought about turning around and saying something intelligent about necrophiliacs or pedophiles, but figured that any sort of derogatory comment concerning their obsession would most likely fall on deaf ears. It’s probably also best that I was at the movie alone, because I know that had I gone with a buddy of some sort, that group of teeny-boppers would have been on the receiving end of an endless stream of mockery.
The movie was very well done, but I have to say that having read the book so recently, there wasn’t really much suspense because I knew what was going to happen. I definitely think the movie did a good job of portraying the world-building. The citizens of the capital were clearly so far removed from the reality of life in the districts that it was two completely different societies. The casting was fantastic and I felt that each character was researched thoroughly before being cast, as evidenced by getting the body types and even the skin color matched between the book and the movie.
Overall, I think I might have gotten more out of the movie if the book wasn’t still so fresh in my mind. Both were quite good and I look forward to the sequels for both.